General Motors and DTE Energy have just announced that they'll work together to make Michigan's energy production exponentially cleaner. One of the most common arguments against electric vehicles is that the power source used to create the electricity is dirty. In some cases, that's true, though many global markets are rapidly shifting to cleaner energy.
This most recent move in Michigan will work to make the state a 'Clean Energy Powerhouse," according to the joint press release. GM and DTE will partner to develop Michigan's largest renewable energy investment. By 2023, GM's DTE-supplied operations in Southeast Michigan will be 100-percent powered by wind and solar energy.
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General Motors' total renewable energy investment will rise to 800,000 MWh, "the equivalent of 63 million gallons of gasoline in CO2 emissions." This investment surge comes as the automaker makes an additional 500,000 MWh solar investment in DTE’s MIGreenPower program. GM's initial investment was comprised of 300,000 MWh of wind energy. The total package adds up to the amount of electricity consumed by 100,000 homes over the course of a year.
GM’s Chief Sustainability Officer Dane Parker shared:
“Projects like this have a substantial impact on reducing emissions and we’re proud to lead the way in clean energy procurement in our home state. Not only does this agreement reduce emissions in the near term, it’s a glimpse into a world with electric vehicles, built by renewable energy, and in the case of our workplace chargers, charged by a green grid too. And as we scale our EV portfolio and access to a green grid around the world, the future looks brighter than ever.”
Trevor F. Lauer, president and COO, DTE Electric also provided comments. He's grateful for GM's "partnership and commitment" related to Michigan's clean-energy future.
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General Motors and DTE Energy are Making Michigan a Clean Energy Powerhouse
- GM and DTE Energy partner on state’s largest renewable energy investment.
- GM’s additional 500,000 MWh solar investment in DTE’s MIGreenPower program brings automaker’s total renewable energy investment to more than 800,000 MWh, the equivalent of 63 million gallons of gasoline in CO2 emissions.*
- One hundred percent of GM’s DTE-supplied facilities in Southeast Michigan will be powered by wind or solar energy by 2023.
DETROIT – General Motors and DTE Energy have partnered to accelerate Michigan’s transition to a green grid with a deal to source 500,000 megawatt hours of solar energy as part of DTE’s MIGreenPower program. This follows an initial investment of 300,000 MWh of wind energy purchased by GM in February 2019, bringing the total amount to more than 800,000 MWh, or the amount of electricity consumed by more than 100,000 homes in an average year.*
The MIGreenPower program is available to all DTE Electric customers who want to attribute a greater percentage of their energy use to DTE’s wind and solar energy operations.
GM’s investment in MIGreenPower will deliver enough clean energy to supply GM’s Southeast Michigan facilities, including the Renaissance Center global headquarters in Detroit, the GM Global Technical Center in Warren, the Milford Proving Ground in Milford and two local assembly plants; Orion and Detroit-Hamtramck, as well as several smaller GM sites across Southeast Michigan.
By 2023, GM’s Orion and Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plants will be powered by a green grid. Orion Assembly builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Detroit-Hamtramck will build the GMC Hummer EV, Cruise Origin and other future EVs.GM has also committed to expanding the availability of workplace charging stations at its facilities in Southeast Michigan, which will also be powered by wind and solar.
“Projects like this have a substantial impact on reducing emissions and we’re proud to lead the way in clean energy procurement in our home state,” said GM’s Chief Sustainability Officer Dane Parker. “Not only does this agreement reduce emissions in the near term, it’s a glimpse into a world with electric vehicles, built by renewable energy, and in the case of our workplace chargers, charged by a green grid too. And as we scale our EV portfolio and access to a green grid around the world, the future looks brighter than ever.”
This investment will fund two new DTE solar parks that are currently in development and will be among the largest in the state. GM’s initial MIGreenPower commitment was used to fund three wind parks scheduled to achieve commercial operation at the end of 2020. GM’s total investment will support approximately 1,500 clean energy jobs in Michigan during project construction.
“DTE is grateful to GM for both their partnership and commitment to building a clean energy future for Michigan,” said, Trevor F. Lauer, president and COO, DTE Electric. “We developed MIGreenPower to provide all of our customers, business and residential alike, with access to more clean energy. We have enrolled thousands of residential customers in the program as well as some of our state’s most well-known companies. We encourage all of our customers to sign up and help us accelerate renewable energy development in Michigan and help mitigate the impacts of climate change.”
DTE has also accelerated its carbon reduction goals to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2040 and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in its electric company by 2050. Growing participation in its MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy program will play a key role in achieving these targets. Customers who match their electricity use to DTE’s utility-scale wind and solar projects increase the amount of renewable energy DTE can build beyond what is required by law, accelerating the demand for clean energy and providing more access to these projects.
“This investment is in line with GM’s accelerated renewable energy commitment to source 100 percent of GM’s U.S. facilities with renewable energy by 2030 and global facilities by 2040,” said Parker.
DTE Electric customers interested in signing up for the MIGreenPower program can enroll by visiting www.migreenpower.com or calling 855.613.4445
*According to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric company serving 2.2 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE portfolio includes energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects; renewable natural gas; natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage; and energy marketing and trading. As an environmental leader, DTE utility operations will reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions by more than 80% by 2040 to produce cleaner energy while keeping it safe, reliable and affordable. DTE Electric aspires to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. DTE is committed to serving with its energy through volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy and economic progress. Information about DTE is available at dteenergy.com, empoweringmichigan.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com.
About General Motors
General Motors (NYSE:GM) is a global company committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Baojun and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, and Maven, its personal mobility brand, can be found at http://www.gm.com.